Weekend Ahead – Sept 10 & 11

Dear Bannockburn Swim members,

We’ve had a great summer and we’ll miss seeing friends, swimming and hanging out at our wonderful pool.  But before we bid adieu, we’d like to remind you of our last weekend activities, including our infamous dog swim.  Read on.

Saturday, September 10

Live Music in the Lot- The Local  Rock & Roots 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Local, an up-and-coming MoCo band, will be performing Rock & Roots covers at a free concert in the pool parking lot. Local musicians Amr Khani, Todd McIntyre, Gianne McNeil, Aaron Zitner and Mitch Joy will play an eclectic mix of rock hits, old favorites, and a few surprise twists.  Grab some great food from the Roaming Cayote food truck, bring your lawn chair, beverage of choice and be ready to grove!  Please note that we will be closing most of the parking lot at 5:00 pm so please park up the street and walk down.

Roaming Coyote Tex-Mex Food Truck 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Making a Bannockburn and Bethesda debut, the Roaming Coyote Tex Mex truck from Fairfax, VA was recently named one of the best food trucks in the DMV. They started turning their wheels in July 2018 and added a second truck due to its popularity. Their unique food trucks offer howling good food in the way of handcrafted tacos, mini chimis, bowls, platters, quesadillas, Locos Nachos and more.  Their best sellers are pork tacos, chicken taco bowl and nachos. They also make their guac and salsa daily. Menu and pre-ordering can be viewed here. Walk up orders are welcome but preordering advised.  (Please note, mini chimis can be ordered on the spot or added to your preorder at pick up).

Sunday,  September 11

Ford’s Fish Shack Seafood Truck 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ford’s Fish Shack Truck is probably the most famous and popular seafood food truck in the DMV.  They will be offering their fresh off-the-hook seafood including their signature lobster rolls, NE clam chowdah, crab cakes, fish n chips and fish tacos.  They also have kids meal options as well as whoopie pies for dessert and frozen drinks.  Menu and Online ordering link can be found here. They may be able to accommodate walk-ups but pre-ordering is highly advised since they often sell out. Here’s a bit more background on Ford’s….Tony and Ana opened the first Ford’s Fish Shack on September 27, 2010 in Ashburn, VA. The idea was to create a comfortable and friendly fish shack like the many that are scattered along the New England Coast. Their vision was a neighborhood restaurant with an outstanding seafood selection served by a friendly staff. They knew they had to serve the freshest fish, lobstah, and Ipswich clams. And that’s when the journey began for them, and the 24 employees who had the courage to join them.

Ice Cream – Come help us wind up the pool season with an ice cream treat at 6:00 pm. (while supplies last)

Dog Swim – Pooches and their buddies will be storming the gates at 6:30 pm sharp.  Even if you don’t have a dog, you won’t want to miss this fun-filled tradition.

Sincerely,
Your Volunteer Board of Directors

The Week Ahead — Sept 1

Dear Swim Club Members,

It has been a hectic week for many of us, but summer at the pool is not over yet! A nice three day weekend lies ahead! Here are some updates to help you plan your time at the pool:

Revised Hours 

Our pool hours on weekdays are now 3:00 to 7:30 pm.  Weekend and holiday hours will be 10:30 to 7:30 pm.  Early Bird Adult Swim on weekdays from 6:30 -8:30 am (including Memorial Day) remains unchanged.

DMV Tacqueria, Saturday September 3, 2022, 4pm

Meet the newest Mexican taco truck on the scene!  Check out their menu here.  DMV Taqueria went into business one year ago and is getting lots of stellar reviews from their customers. Their barria tacos and quesadillas are getting lots of social media buzz and are some of their best sellers. Another fan favorite is Mar y Tierra (surf and turf) fries.  They also offer a wide variety of tacos, quesadillas, sandwiches, smothered fries, empanadas and churros.  We hope you’ll give this hard working, small family-owned business a try.

This is walk up ordering for on the spot quick fulfillment since the owner makes your meals fresh on the spot.  Enjoy!

Raft Night — September 3, 2022 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm!

One of our most loved Bannockburn traditions is back for a last round these season! Get your zaniest, craziest rafts and float and giggle to your heart’s content.  Bring friends (make sure to buy guest passes in advance please). Electric pumps are highly recommended!

Live Music in the Lot — September 10, 2022 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

24 Strings, a beloved Bannockburn band will be  performing a free concert in the lot. Local musicians Amr Khani, Todd McIntyre, Gianne Mcneil and special guest Mitch Joy will play an eclectic mix of Americana (Blues, Country, Rock &  Bluegrass ).

We will be closing half our parking lot so people can bring lawn chairs and kids can run around and play. Everyone from the community is most welcome! Please park in the nearby residential streets if you’re driving.  (If handicap,  please send email to info@bannockburnpool.com so we can make special arrangements for you).

Fords Fish SeaFood Truck — September 11, 2022 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ford’s Fish Shack Truck is probably the most famous and popular seafood food truck in the DMV.  They will be offering their fresh off-the-hook seafood including their signature lobster rolls, NE clam chowdah, crab cakes, fish n chips and fish tacos.  They also have kids meal options as well as whoopie pies for dessert and frozen hot chocolate and frozen blueberry lemonade for drinks.    Menu and Online ordering link can be found here .  (They will open ordering up 10 days before the event). They may be able to accommodate walk-ups but pre-ordering highly advised since they will likely sell out.
Here’s a bit more background on Ford’s….Tony and Ana opened the first Ford’s Fish Shack on September 27, 2010 in Ashburn, VA. The idea was to create a comfortable and friendly fish shack like the many that are scattered along the New England Coast. Their vision was a neighborhood restaurant with an outstanding seafood selection served by a friendly staff. They knew they had to serve the freshest fish, lobstah, and Ipswich clams. And that’s when the journey began for them, and the 24 employees who had the courage to join them.

Last Day at the Pool — Dog Swim and Ice-Cream Social!

Sadly on September 11, we will be closing for the season at 6:30 pm. From 6:30 to 7:30 pm we will have dog swim.  The gates for the pooches will open @ 6:30 pm. We will also have ice cream to celebrate being together one last time.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sincerely,Your Volunteer Board of Directors

 

Week Ahead – Aug 26-28

Dear Bannockburn Swim Club members,

Summer is flying by and we wish many of our kids going back to school this Monday the best of luck.  Starting next week our operating hours will change.  We also have a fantastic weekend packed with fun-filled live music concerts and food trucks. That’s why everyone is calling our pool the cool pool!  Read on….

Revised Hours Beginning This Weekend & August 29

Effective August 29, our pool hours on weekdays will be 3:00 to 7:30 pm.  Weekend and holiday hours will be 10:30 to 7:30 pm.  Early Bird Adult Swim on weekdays from 6:30 -8:30 am (including Memorial Day) remains unchanged.

Upcoming Food & Music Events

Bannockburn Pool is famous for its gourmet food offerings.  Most of these small, family-owned businesses are still recovering from huge financial losses during Covid.  Please consider ordering from them on their visits, rather than bringing your own, to make it worth their while. Check the calendar for the upcoming food events in the weeks ahead.

Friday, August 26

Cosmic Moonsoon in the Lot 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Come out and listen to two of our former pool presidents’ (Wills and Crist) band!  Cosmic Moonsoon hails from Bannockburn and the Cabin John community.  Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Lance Crist is joined by Bill Thomas on lead guitar, Peppin Thomas on drums, and John Wills on bass.  Enjoy a night of classic rock and beyond!

Pho Wheels 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pho Wheels is back by popular demand! Order online here.  They can take walk up orders but pre-ordering advised.  Pho Wheels offers great Vietnamese food including banh mi sandwiches, pho soup, eggrolls, Vietnamese inspired tacos and Viet iced coffee and Thai iced tea. This unique Vietnamese comfort food inspired food truck is a family business originally from Houston, Texas, but now roaming the DMV bringing traditional recipes with modern interpretations. Vietnamese food has many influences and PhoWheels cooking is infused with unusual spice combinations, textures and flavors that reflect these influences. As you slurp the beefy broth of a bowl of Pho or bite into a Vietnamese taco or a banh mi sandwich, you will taste the flavor explosion of cilantro, pickled carrots, sriracha and garlic. You will understand the crossroads of Vietnamese cuisine and you will say “YUM! I want more of this food!”

Saturday, August 27

General MacArthur & The Boulevards in the Lot 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

General MacArthur & The Boulevards, a beloved and local Bannockburn Rock n Blues Band will be playing for community to celebrate  summer music in the ‘hood!  Richard Aitken, Mark Dubester, Don Fitzgerald, Andy Garrett, Amr Khani, Pam Toole & Aaron Zitner are looking forward to celebrating with the community!

Little Lady Grill 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Little Lady Grill Meet Glenda and The Little Lady Latin Fusion Grill Truck who are returning by popular demand.  Check out her menu options here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).  You can call or text your order in advance with your pick up time at 703-475-4576.   Pre-orders preferred, but walk ups are also welcome. This is a family owned and family oriented business that specializes in an all grilled menu that features healthy food of the finest quality. Glenda, an El Salvadorian-American has been grilling her entire life, learning from her father, who would fire up the grill in the backyard every evening. Glenda and her husband grill throughout all four seasons and particularly like grilling steaks in the winter! Grilling a lovely rib-eye steak, from her father’s recipe is Glenda’s favorite item to cook, but she prefers to eat a fabulous piece of grilled chicken. (Her best sellers are grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon and carne asada).  Glenda uses unique spice combinations, fresh herbs and family recipes to bring you unforgettable platters, salads and sandwiches of the best grilled food around town! Please note, Glena will text you when your order is ready for pick up.  All of her offerings are grilled on the truck to maximize taste and freshness.  She may be a few minutes late but be assured your order will come out perfectly prepared.

Most of the parking lot will be closed during these concerts so please park on nearby residential streets and walk down, or better yet walk or bike!

Tuesday, Aug 30 Chef Majed Syrian Restaurant Delivery @ 6:00 pm

Menu and online ordering here. Ordering deadline noon same day as delivery. Chef Majed is the American dream of Majed Abdulraheem who came to Maryland as a Syrian refugee in early 2017.  But his dream does not begin there, it begins in his mother’s kitchen where he learned her secret recipes, her spice combinations, her dollops of olive oil and pomegranate syrup.  The story continues in formal culinary school training in Homs, Syria, then work in a four star French and Mediterranean restaurant. Fleeing Syria at the beginning of the war, Majed lived and cooked in Jordan for three years waiting to immigrate. Only in Maryland for a short while, Majed found a full time job with Foodhini, a dinner delivery start-up and was their #1 chef for three years. Majed left Foodhini in December 2019 to start his own food delivery/catering business, Chef Majed, and he is happy to cook for you from Union Kitchen, DC for this special .

Save the Date – Last Raft Night of the Season September 3 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Grab the zaniest raft you can get your hands on and have your kids join us on Saturday, September 3 for our last Raft Night of the season.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sincerely,Your Volunteer Board of Directors

 

The Week Ahead – August 19

Dear Bannockburn Swim Club members,

Times are about to get hectic with the kids going back to school.  What better time to come to the pool to unwind, detach, and connect with family and friends.  Read a book, look at the woods, chat with your friends, buy an ice cream. And of course jump in the water!

Who’s Who at the Pool – John Noble

John Noble placed 4th in his 85-89 age group at the USA Triathlon’s National Championship Sprint Competition on August 7, 2022, in Milwaukee. Sprint distance is 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run. His training included lessons from Melania, early bird swimming, and twice a week water aerobics classes with Marianne Ross.  He will be happy to correspond with pool members who are interested in the sport (johnanoble@mac.com).

Reminder – Buy Guest Passes in Advance!We have many members bringing in guests when they have a negative guest balance in their account. This causes more work for us volunteers to follow up to get payments. Please ensure you purchase guest passes in advance here. Guest passes never expire and can be carried over to future seasons and refunded when you leave the pool.

Upcoming Food & Music Events

Bannockburn Pool is famous for its gourmet food offerings.  Most of these small, family-owned businesses are still recovering from huge financial losses during Covid.  Please consider ordering from them on their visits, rather than bringing your own, to make it worth their while. Check the calendar for the upcoming food events in the weeks ahead.

Friday (August 19) El Cumpa Chilean Street Food Truck 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet the newest food truck in town! El Cumpa is the only Chilean Food Truck in the DMV area serving authentic and fresh Chilean cuisine.  They will be offering their homemade empanadas and sandwiches and look forward to introducing Chilean culture to our neighborhood. Menu can be seen here.  Send your advance order and preferred pick up time to  elcumpachileanfoodtruck@gmail.com. Tomás Gutierrez moved here 4 years ago with his wife Jessica, aspiring to own his own food truck, after working for one of the best food truck businesses in Washington DC. After missing his food from back home in Chile, he and his wife decided to open the very first Chilean food truck in the DMV area. Tomás and his wife are very excited to share their unique and delicious cuisine from Chile to the community. One of his most popular items is Pino (beef) Empanadas but everything is delicious!

Live Music in the Lot –  Friday, Aug. 19  5:30 – 7:30 pm

Lockhouse 11 is a band composed of 4 rising seniors from high schools around the DMV: David Smith, Saahil Rao, Milan Chander, and Eleanor Ohm. They started talking about forming a band in 8th grade, and finally got around to it their junior year. They perform mostly covers of classic rock songs, with their love of the Beatles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Rush evident in their song choices. They hope to continue making music and writing their own in years to come.  Most of the parking lot will be closed for the concert so please park on nearby residential streets and walk down, or better yet walk or bike!

If you miss this weekend’s free music concert, we’ll have two back to back next weekend. Stay tuned for more info or check the calendar for more info.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sincerely,Your Volunteer Board of Directors

 

The Week Ahead – Aug 12

Dear Bannockburn Pool Members,

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather — we are getting a well-deserved break from the DC humidity! The weekend looks lovely as well, so do read ahead for our pool updates!

Adult Swim Breaks & Closing Time

A few members have been wondering why we have special “adult swim” time, especially when it’s quiet or there’s not a lot of people at the pool.  Here are some of the reasons we have adult swim at :45 on the hour.
  • It forces kids to take a break and helps reduce drowning.  It helps parents get them hydrated, reapply sunscreen, and generally lets them rest a bit.
  • Adults have the opportunity to get into the pool when it’s quieter.
  • It gives lifeguards a bit of a break from their jobs and regain their focus
Speaking of blowing the whistle.  It is getting darker earlier now.  Lifeguards will be blowing the whistle at 7:45 pm daily to allow families to pack up, use the restrooms with a target to be out of the facility by 8 pm.  Lifeguards need to stay behind to clean so we would really appreciate your cooperation in leaving no later than 8 pm.

Upcoming Food Events

Bannockburn Pool is famous for its gourmet food offerings.  Most of these small, family-owned businesses are still recovering from huge financial losses during Covid.  Please consider ordering from them on their visits, rather than bringing your own, to make it worth their while. Check the calendar for the upcoming food events in the weeks ahead.

Bun’d Up Korean Food Truck – Saturday, Aug 13 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Menu and online ordering can be viewed here. Pre-ordering appreciated but they’ll accept walk up orders. Their best sellers are the Pork Belly Bun, Mushroom and the Korean BBQ Beef rice bowl. They’ll also be offering a kids bowl (Choice of Protein, White Jasmine Rice, Cucumber Kimchi, Pickled Onions and Scallions & a choice of Sauce).

Foodhini Delivery – Tues. Aug 16 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Foodhini is a meal delivery service featuring Ivorian, Laotian, Eritrean, and Afghan cuisines from immigrant chefs with powerful backstories – bios of all these women chefs are also available to read on Foodhini’s website. You can order anything on their website, and you can even filter for gluten-free, halal options, keto, vegan, and vegetarian dishes!  Many of their dishes freeze well too if you want to enjoy at a later time.   After you add your items to the cart, at checkout select Pick Up (not delivery!) and list Bannockburn on Aug 16.  If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Brian @ Foodhini via email info@foodhini.com or by phone at (202)734-3855 option 2.

Live Music in the Lot –  Sat Aug 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Come hear Djangolaya in the lot from 5:30 – 7:30! Channeling the musical styles of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Djangolaya is part French cafe, part New Orleans jazz, and part Latin nightclub. Check them out at: Djangolaya.com. Band members Bannockburnian Jeanine Greene, James Key, Charlies Schueller, Tom Mclaughin, Suzanne Gekker, and Jason Gekker will delight you with their tunes.  Most of the parking lot will be closed for the concert so please park on nearby residential streets and walk down, or better yet walk or bike!

Have a wonderful week ahead!

 

The Week Ahead – Aug 5

Dear pool members,

I hope you have all stayed cool in the heat and safe in the storms. We are looking at another stretch of warm weather ahead, so please do read ahead for our Bannockburn pool updates!

Weekend Closing Hours

The sun is setting earlier now, so weekend closing hours will now go back to 8 pm. Please note that this is effective immediately.  Later in month as it starts to get dark earlier we will begin closing at 7:30 pm nightly.  This means that we are open 10:30 am to 8 pm daily with week days early bird adult swim 6:30 – 8:30 am.

Raft Night – Saturday, Aug 5 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Raft hour is a beloved Bannockburn Pool tradition! Please join us with your zaniest rafts and feel free to invite friends (make sure you have enough guest credits please).  Kids absolutely adore this and we close the entire deep end for this event. (Sorry no lap swimmers for this brief 45 minute time period).  And don’t forget an electric pump!  If you are out of town this weekend, fear not we will schedule another later in the month.

Upcoming Food Events

Bannockburn Pool is famous for its gourmet food offerings.  Most of these small, family-owned businesses are still recovering from huge financial losses during Covid.  Please consider ordering from them on their visits, rather than bringing your own, to make it worth their while. Check the calendar for the upcoming food events in the weeks ahead.

Saturday, Aug 5 , 6 – 6:45 pm  Pho Wheels Food Truck

Online ordering is open now herePho Wheels offers great Vietnamese food including banh mi sandwiches, pho soup, eggrolls, Vietnamese inspired tacos and Viet iced coffee and Thai iced tea. They can take walk-ups but pre-ordering is advised.

Background: Welcome to the wild world that is PhoWheels! This unique Vietnamese comfort food inspired food truck is a family business originally from Houston, Texas, but now roaming the DMV bringing traditional recipes with modern interpretations. Vietnamese food has many influences and PhoWheel’s cooking is infused with unusual spice combinations, textures and flavors that reflect these influences. As you slurp the beefy broth of a bowl of Pho or bite into a Vietnamese taco or a banh mi sandwich, you will taste the flavor explosion of cilantro, pickled carrots, siracha and garlic. You will understand the crossroad of cultures that is Vietnamese cuisine and you will say “YUM! I want more of this food!”   Pho Wheels looks “phoward” to seeing you later!

Friday, Aug 12, 6 – 6:30 pm  Lebanese Taverna Dinner Delivery 

Back by popular demand!  Lebanese Taverna will be making a community delivery.  Menu and online order link can be found here.
They will be offering their famous shawarma, rice and salad bowls, and vegetarian meals as well as Lebanese sides including Baba Ghanoush and grape leaves just to name a few. Check out their wine specials as well. (Part of proceeds go to the victims of the Aug. bomb explosion in Lebanon).
Background: The Abi-Najm family began their restaurant journey in 1976 after boarding a cargo ship headed to Arlington, Virginia to escape the Civil War in Lebanon. After working in several restaurants since arriving in the United States, the family had saved up enough money to purchase their first restaurant in 1979, when Lebanese Taverna was born. Nearly 4 decades later, this family-oriented restaurant has 12 locations in the DMV and is famous for their Mediterranean offerings.
We have consistently received great feedback from customers who are very happy with the quality, quantity and price of these delivery offerings. We hope you enjoy this round!

The Week Ahead – July 29

Dear pool members,

After the high temperatures, high humidity and crazy storms of this week, it seems that we are headed into a milder stretch. The weather forecasters are promising us lower humidity, lower risks of rain and even lower temperatures.

Should be a fun week at the pool! Please read below for the updates!

Friday, July 29 6:30pm–7:30pm: A Happy Hour to Welcome Late Season members

Please join us for a happy hour for new full and late season members at 6:30 pm near the grill area.  Some of your volunteer board members will be in attendance, and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet more of the Bannockburn pool community!

Pepe/José Andrés’ Food Truck – Sat. July 30 4-8 pm: This truck is back by popular demand.   Menu options and pre-ordering can be found here.  They can also accommodate walk ups but pre-ordering advised since they often sell out.

With fresh-baked bread, “flauta” (long and thin like a flute bread), each sandwich is made fresh on the spot, and includes flavorful selections such as the butifarra “burger” (fresh pork, roasted peppers and alioli), pollo frito (fried chicken), Berenjena Bocata (Vegetarian), jamón serrano y queso manchego (the classic Spanish ham and cheese), Barcelona Futbol Club and many more.   They’ll also have their signature tomato gazpacho  as well as tapas choices such as Patastas Bravas, bacon wrapped dates and more.  For dessert don’t forget their signature flan!

Shouk – Vegan Mediterranean Restaurant Pool & Hood Delivery, Sunday, July 31, 5:30 – 6:00 pm. This wonderful restaurant’s neighborhood drop is also back by popular demand! They are taking orders here (choose Hood Drop/ Bannockburn Pool) or on their app until 4:00 pm day of delivery.

Shouk is an award-winning fast casual with a unique take on Israeli street food.  Everything is 100% plant based.  In addition to their veg burgers, they also offer pita sandwiches, salads, grain bowls, hummus bowls and sides as well as DIY falafel and other meal kits.   (BTW, your kids will never know they are eating mushrooms in their nuggets.  They are delicious and I had my kids fooled!).
We are lucky that this healthy deliciousness has just opened an outpost nearby in Bethesda.  The Bannockburn Pool drop was their most successful delivery locations during tough Covid times so we’re happy to continue this special partnership.

Pho Wheels Food Truck – Sat. Aug 6, 4-8 pm: Pho Wheels is back by popular demand! Order online here, please be careful to select the correct location (6315 Laverock) and time for when your order should be ready.

Pho Wheels offers great Vietnamese food including banh mi sandwiches, pho soup, eggrolls, Vietnamese inspired tacos and Viet iced coffee and Thai iced tea. They can take walk-ups but pre-ordering is advised. This unique Vietnamese comfort food inspired food truck is a family business originally from Houston, Texas, but now roaming the DMV bringing traditional recipes with modern interpretations. Vietnamese food has many influences and PhoWheels cooking is infused with unusual spice combinations, textures and flavors that reflect these influences. As you slurp the beefy broth of a bowl of Pho or bite into a Vietnamese taco or a banh mi sandwich, you will taste the flavor explosion of cilantro, pickled carrots, sriracha and garlic. You will understand the crossroads of Vietnamese cuisine and you will say “YUM! I want more of this food!”  Pho Wheels looks “forward” to seeing you soon.

Save the Date – Next Raft Night Saturday, Aug 6 6:00 – 6:45 pm:  This much loved Bannockburn tradition is back!  Get your zaniest, craziest rafts and float and giggle to your heart’s content.  Bring friends (make sure to buy guest passes in advance please). Electric pumps are highly recommended!

Reminder: Extended Hours on Weekends

Based on feedback from our members, we have extended our closing time on weekends (Friday – Sunday) to 8:30 pm, instead of 8:00 pm for at least the next two weeks while it still remains light out.  Guards will blow the whistle at 8:15 pm to allow members to begin packing up their belongings for a prompt 8:30 pm exit. Enjoy the extended time!

Thank you!
Your Volunteer Board of Directors

The Week Ahead – July 22

Dear pool members,

We’re looking at hot and humid weather this weekend.  What better way to cool off and spend time poolside?  Plus, we have some fun activities planned for this weekend.  Read ahead.

First and foremost, a very warm welcome to our new late season members who will be joining us this weekend for the rest of the season!

Extended Hours on Weekends

Based on feedback from our members, we have extended our closing time on weekends (Friday – Sunday) to 8:30 pm, instead of 8:00 pm for at least the next three weeks while it still remains light out.  Guards will blow the whistle at 8:15 pm to allow members to begin packing up their belongings for a prompt 8:30 pm exit.

Early Closure Saturday, July 23 

Our swim team will be having their end of season banquet this Saturday so we will be closing the pool early at 5:30 pm.

Save the Date – Happy Hour Friday, July 29 @ 6:30 pm

Come join us at the grill area of the pool to welcome new late season members and meet some of the volunteer board of directors.  We will have light refreshments and everyone is most welcome!

Sunday, July 24 Music in the Lot and Little Lady Food Truck

Little Lady Grill 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Bannockburn Pool is famous for its gourmet food offerings.  Most of these small, family-owned businesses are still recovering from huge financial losses during Covid.  Please consider ordering from them on their visits, rather than bringing your own, to make it worth their while.

Meet Glenda and The Little Lady Latin Fusion Grill Truck who are returning by popular demand.  Check out her menu options here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).  You can call or text your order in advance with your desired pick up time at 703-475-4576.  Please do not email orders! Pre-orders preferred, but walk ups are also welcome. This is a family owned and family oriented business that specializes in an all grilled menu that features healthy food of the finest quality.

Free Live Music Concert in Lot 5:30 – 7:30 pm

General MacArthur & The Boulevards, a beloved and local Bannockburn Rock n Blues Band will be playing for the whole pool and community to kick off summer music in the ‘hood! Richard Aitken, Mark Dubester, Don Fitzgerald, Andy Garrett, Amr Khani, Pam Toole & Aaron Zitner are looking forward to celebrating with the community. We will be closing half our parking lot so people can bring lawn chairs and kids can run around and play. Please park in the nearby residential streets and walk down if you’re driving.

Swim Team Wrapping Up a Great Season
After a few years of repeated defeat, Coach Malena and the Bannockburn Dolphins shocked Division E this summer by rising towards the top, with an almost undefeated record (no worries – we’ll get the Woodcliffe Wahoos next time!).  The most exciting meet, by far, was with our neighborhood rivals, the Merrimack Maniacs – Bannockburn took the win by over 100 points!  Bannockburn celebrates our incredible seniors, Sophie Duncan, Andrew O’Brien and Jacob Seiberg and wishes them well in their next adventures.  The Swim Team Committee also honors two of the most dedicated volunteers, Shelly O’Brien and Stephanie Curcuru – they have both demonstrated a tireless commitment as Team Rep and Lead Automation and they will be very missed next year.
While the 2022 Bannockburn Dolphin season is almost over, there are still many exciting events happening this week.  Saturday, swimmers will race in the final team meet of the season – Divisionals – this is where all 6-teams in the Division duke it out, one final time.  Following Divisionals, the swimmers will trade their racing suits for fancy suits and celebrate the 2022 season at the end of season banquet.  Congratulations to the Bannockburn Dolphins and the incredible coaching staff (Malena, Lucca, Valerie, Tess, and Will) for another amazing season.
Warmly,

Your Volunteer Board of Directors

The Week Ahead – July 15

Dear Bannockburn Swim Club Members,

We are more than half way through the season.  Lots of fun activities scheduled this coming week.  Read ahead….

Food Options This Week

Bannockburn Pool is famous for its gourmet food offerings.  Most of these small, family-owned businesses are still recovering from huge financial losses during Covid.  Please consider ordering from them on their visits, rather than bringing your own, to make it worth their while.

Sunday, July 17 (for all below events)

Timber Pizza 4-8 pm

Timber Pizza is back by popular demand.  Pre- Ordering is open now here.  Walk up orders also available but pre-ordering advised since they sold out early last time.  Timber‘s pies cook extremely fast (90 seconds) and are all 10 inches and made fresh on-site. They are a “meal for one or snack for two”. The Bentley is their #1 seller and the Green Monster is sure to satisfy any veggie or pesto lover.   They also have Vegan and Gluten Free pizza offerings.

Live Music in the Lot – Freddy Gang 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Freddy Gang is the first of seven free live music events planned in the parking lot this summer.  Grab friends and neighbors, plan dinner, bring lawn chairs, and soak up the summer vibes together! Freddy Gang is an up and coming pop/rock group composed of four former Whitman grads: Gideon Helf (former Dolphin and swim coach), Eli Blanks, Joseph Kaplan, and Josh Lieberman. They met in high school through the music and drama programs, and formed Freddy Gang during the Covid quarantine. Their influences span from Wilco and Joni Mitchell, to The Beatles and XTC. You can hear their debut album on any streaming service you prefer.  To listen to one of their songs listen here or here.  Most of the parking lot will be closed for the concert so please park on nearby residential streets and walk down, or better yet walk or bike!

Bike Tune Up & Repair Pop Up 4-8 pm

Speaking of biking, Tom Mearns, home from college, is ready to help you get your bikes ready to ride for summer!  He’ll be tuning bikes and doing quick repairs at the lot from 4 – 8 pm.  You can schedule a time with him by sending a text or email (thomasjobservice@yahoo.com or 202 427-6801). He’ll also take walk ups if his schedule doesn’t fill up.  He charges $45 for a standard tune up and accepts Venmo or cash.  (He has waived his @ home service fee since he will be providing this service in one central location).  Tom looks forward to meeting eager cyclists of all ages Sunday.

Free Adults Level 1 Pilates Class – Mondays 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Meet us in the grassy part of the pool grounds near the grills @ 6:30 pm.  Bring a yoga mat and towel or two towels if you don’t have a yoga mat. All skill levels most welcome, even first timers!

Thai Tuesday Restaurant Delivery – July 19 6:00 – 6:30 pm

Farmsook Thai restaurant will be making a delivery from 6 to 6:30 . Menu can be seen here.  Pre-ordering will open late on July 15. Deadline to order is on day of delivery @ noon.  You can choose from a variety of delicious options, such as Pad Thai, Panang Curry, and Siamese Beef.  Most dishes can also be made vegetarian or vegan.  One of their best sellers is their signature duck rolls.

Parents vs Kids Dive Meet, Thursday July 21 @ 6:30 pm

Come and join us for this second annual throw down as a spectator or participant!  Parents vs Kids!  Parents, please consider participating and showing your best moves, or belly flop, off the diving board.  Following the dive competition, there will be a game of BINGO.  Everyone most welcome.

Guest Passes and Party ReservationsPlease buy guest passes in advance here.  We have many members bringing in guests when they have a negative guest balance.  This causes more work for us volunteers to follow up to get payments.  Guest passes never expire and can be carried over to future seasons and refunded when you leave the pool.  And if you wish to host a party of 10 or more guests, please fill out the party request here.

Last Call for Lost and Found
Our lost and found near the baby pool is overflowing with towels, water bottles, swim suits, sunglasses, shoes and clothing.  Please check it out and see if you’ve left something behind. Anything not collected by July 17 will be donated to charity.

Thank you.
Your Volunteer Board of Directors

The Week Ahead – July 8

Dear BSC members,

We are now really in the peak of summer! Here is some pool news to help you plan your week ahead!

Hours 

We are in the last stretch of home meets for our wonderful Bannockburn Swim Team. Please note that the pool will open late on Saturday at 12:30pm and it will close again at 5pm next Wednesday.   Go Dolphins!

Upcoming Food Options

Bannockburn Pool is famous for its gourmet food offerings.  Most of these small, family-owned businesses are still recovering from huge financial losses during Covid. Please consider ordering from them on their visits, rather than bringing your own, to make it worth their while.

Sunday July 10
Sang on Wheels (Laotian food) 4-8 pm and Live Music in Lot – Redline 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Walk up ordering. Here is menu and more background on Sang.  Redline, a local rock and reggae band will be playing in the parking lot Sunday.  Please park up the street and walk down when you come to the pool since half the parking lot will be closed so neighbors and children can enjoy the music freely.  (Please note, this was initially scheduled for Saturday but we shifted to Sunday due to rain forecast on Saturday).

Tuesday, July 12
Foodhini – multiple immigrant chefs – pool delivery.  Ordering deadline 2 pm same day here for 6 pm delivery.

Swim LessonsWhether your children are just learning how to swim, your teenagers interested in improving their techniques, or you in “remembering” how to backstroke, our swim coaches and lifeguards are available for lessons.   For more information and to sign up, go here.  Fees range from $25-40 for 30 minutes paid directly to the instructor depending on experience and skill level. (Minimum age for lessons is 3).

Lost and Found
Our lost and found near the baby pool is overflowing with towels, water bottles, swim suits, sunglasses, shoes and clothing.  Please check it out and see if you’ve left something behind. Anything not collected by July 17 will be donated to charity.

Thank you.
Your Volunteer Board of Directors